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Fall 2022 Small Grantee Program

Applications will open on September 1, 2022 for the Black Studies Collaboratory’s Fall 2022 Small Grants Program (November 1, 2022 – September 1, 2023).

Applications will be due on September 30, 2022 at midnight.

Please attend our Small Grants Program information sessions if you have any questions about the application details and/or email Barbara Montano at bmontano14@berkeley.edu.

Application Details

The Black Studies Collaboratory in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley is currently accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, either as individuals, teams, or representatives of a UC Berkeley program, department, or unit for research up to $5,000. We welcome proposals from across campus that center blackness, especially teaching and research endeavors that are collaborative, and that move beyond what is defined as traditionally “academic.” Some examples might include curatorial projects, poetry chapbooks, interdisciplinary course development, oral history projects, and built-environment projects aimed at creating life-affirming spaces.

Crises around ongoing anti-black state violence–including police violence, the precarity of black laborers, in the face of health pandemics, climate change, gentrification and resegregation, the battle over meaningful representation–have long been objects of study and sites of intervention for Black Studies. Our current moment is unprecedented for the quickening, simultaneity and heightened visibility (and repetition via social media) of these crises. Given this, we welcome proposals that explore new ways of telling stories about black life as well as those that offer a new lens through which to understand the current moment.

Eligibility

Applications can be submitted by faculty affiliated with UC Berkeley, any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at UC Berkeley, or a staff member employed by UC Berkeley. Proposals that support dissertation or thesis research are strongly encouraged. Additionally, to encourage sustainable demographic transformation of the institution, we encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

While awardees of this grant are encouraged to apply for additional funds for expansions of their existing project or new projects, no previous awardee or team can receive more than a lifetime total of $15,000 in grants.

Application Requirements

Application deadline – September 30, 2022 at midnight

Faculty and Staff Application – Requirements

  • Project abstract (200 words)
  • Project description (up to 750 word or a 3-minute video), describe nature of the collaboration, if applicable  
  • Project budget 
  • Timeline for project completion

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Application – Requirements 

  • Name of faculty sponsor/mentor (who will be required to fill out a brief questionnaire)
  • Project abstract (200 words)
  • Project description (up to 750 word or a 3-minute video), describe nature of the collaboration, if applicable  
  • Project budget 
  • Timeline for project completion
  • Questionnaire for the recommendation to be filled out by faculty sponsor/mentor 

Grant Period

Grants will be awarded for the period of November 1, 2022 – September 1, 2023. Grant funds must be used by September 1, 2023. Grant payments will be managed in the following ways: 

  • For undergraduate and graduate students: You will receive a stipend payment for the total amount of your award. You will be expected to spend the total award by September 1, 2023.
  • For faculty: You will receive a research award via a funding transfer, to be made available in your research funding account. You will be expected to spend the total award by September 1, 2023. The BSC reserves the right to pull back any funds not spent by September 1, 2023.
  • For staff: You will receive project funding in the form of a funding transfer to your home department. You will be expected to spend the total award by September 1, 2023. The BSC reserves the right to pull back any funds not spent by September 1, 2023.

Use of Grant Funds

Grants are intended to be used for direct costs related to your proposed project. The funding may support your project in a variety of ways, including travel, materials, and supplies related to your specific project. Some examples include:

  • Purchasing books related to your research 
  • Purchasing plane tickets to travel to an archive for your project
  • Purchasing supplies to create an art installation for your project 
  • Purchasing equipment, with the exception of computers, to conduct research for your project
  • Paying an honorarium or similar payment to a collaborator who contributes to your project 

Grant funding may not be used for:  

  • Purchases not related to your project, such as personal living expenses
  • The purchase of computers
  • The purchase of furniture

Grantees will be expected to report on their project in the form of a final presentation of their work, to be presented on September 8, 2023 on the UC Berkeley campus (specific location and time, TBD). The presentation will be public and recorded. Grantees will also be expected to provide a short report on how they spent their grant funds, to include an overview of purchased items and a short description of how they contributed to the project. 

FAQs

Can previous BSC Small Grant Program recipients apply again?

Yes, previous awardees of the BSC Small Grants Program are encouraged to apply for additional funds to expand existing or new projects. However, no previous awardee or team can receive more than a lifetime total of $15,000 in grant funding.

Can visiting scholars at UC Berkeley apply to this program? 

Unfortunately, visiting scholars, including visiting research students at UC Berkeley, do not qualify for our Small Grants Program and are unable to apply. However, the Black Studies Collaboratory has some other funding opportunities for visiting scholars in the Department of African American Studies. Please contact Barbara Montano (bmontano14@berkeley.edu) for more information.

Can you apply for a project that includes additional funding beyond the funding from this grant?

Applicants can only request up to $5,000 in funding for this program. However, if you have additional funding from other sources that will support a larger overall project, you may note that in your application. If you are working on a larger overall project, we would prefer to see an application for this program that covers one part of the project, which can be completed in the timeframe and within the $5,000 budget.

Do faculty recommenders have additional time after the deadline to complete their recommendation?

Yes. Please include the name and contact information for your faculty sponsor/mentor/advisor in your application. They will be asked to complete a short form (5 minutes or less) rather than a full letter of recommendation. They will receive a separate email with instructions and the form will be due by April 27, 2022.

Will I be taxed on this funding if I receive it?

The BSC and other UC Berkeley entities will not tax this grant funding and it will be designated as research funding or income from a non-compensatory research award. We are not required to report this funding on IRS Form W-2 or 1099-MISC and will not send grantees an official tax form. Grantees should contact a tax professional or a local IRS office to determine their individual tax liability. The cost of potential taxes that may be applied by the IRS cannot be included in your proposed project budget. 

Does it have to be a new project?

No. We are looking to help you at any stage of your project.

Are there any requirements for the video submission option? 

No, you can design the video however you like. If you have any photos or images, they are welcome but not required.